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SAR in Zion the last 2 days - Behunin and Heaps

Discussion in 'Archives - Yahoo Canyons Group' started by ~tanya, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. ~tanya

    ~tanya Guest

    Bo was on this one the last 2 days...

    Three overdue hikers, canyoneering in the backcountry of Zion National Park, were located and rescued by park search and rescue teams. The three hikers, Nolan Porter, Ogden, Utah; Nathan Cresswell, Woods Cross, Utah; and Ray Miller, Salt Lake City, Utah were successfully rescued from Heaps Canyon on Friday, June 2, 2006. The hikers apparently entered the wrong canyon when they relied upon Global Positioning Units to find their location instead of maps. They then became stranded when the equipment they had was not sufficient to complete the required rappels. There were no injuries to the rescued hikers.

    The three hikers obtained a permit for canyoneering in Behunin Canyon on Wednesday, May 31. They were reported overdue late Wednesday and a hasty search was conducted without locating the hikers. The following day a search team traveled the length of Behunin Canyon but did not locate the three hikers. A Bureau of Land Management helicopter then joined the search and the search area was expanded to include Heaps Canyon to the west of Behunin Canyon. One of the hikers was located in Heaps Canyon and a pack containing food, water, a park radio and a sleeping bag was lowered to him. Through radio conversations, the hiker confirmed that he was uninjured and did not require immediate assistance.

    The remaining two hikers were located farther down Heaps Canyon and supplies were also lowered to them. With darkness approaching, search and rescue operations were suspended for the night but resumed on Friday morning. Through radio conversations, the two hikers indicated they wanted to complete the canyoneering route. Additional rope and climbing gear were lowered to them and they successfully completed their descent into the Upper Emerald Pools area on Friday morning.

    A park ranger reached the remaining hiker and took him to a location where the helicopter could land. He was then transported by helicopter to Zion Canyon. None of the hikers required medical attention.

    Visitors are reminded that hiking, canyoneering, and climbing in the park can be dangerous and should not be underestimated. Good planning, proper equipment, and sound judgment are essential for a safe and successful trip. Hikers should check in with a park ranger about all backcountry routes, leave a good itinerary and contact information in case of emergency, and notify family or friends of their plans and expected completion time. Permits are required for all overnight climbs or hikes in the park, as well as all technical canyoneering routes.

    http://www.nps.gov/zion/pphtml/newsdetail23632.html
  2. adkramoo

    adkramoo Guest

    --- In Yahoo Canyons Group, "~tanya" <gotta@...> wrote:
    Bo was on this one the last 2 days... ><snip> Units to find their location instead of maps. They > then became stranded when the equipment they had was not sufficient > to complete the required rappels.
    The three hikers obtained a permit for canyoneering in Behunin Canyon > on Wednesday, May 31. They were reported overdue late Wednesday

    Ahhh, I get it. They must have gone down Gunsight Canyon, AKA North Fork Heaps Canyon. Parallel and just to the west of Behunin. Thanx for the report Tanya and good work Bo and company. R
  3. Reed Seamons

    Reed Seamons Guest

    Sounds like a good alternative to hauling the 300 foot rope through the canyon

    >From: "~tanya" gotta@visitzionpark.com
    Reply-To: Yahoo Canyons Group
    To: Yahoo Canyons Group
    Subject: [from Canyons Group] SAR in Zion the last 2 days - Behunin and >Heaps >Date: Sat, 03 Jun 2006 00:09:54 -0000
    Bo was on this one the last 2 days...
    Three overdue hikers, canyoneering in the backcountry of Zion >National Park, were located and rescued by park search and rescue >teams. The three hikers, Nolan Porter, Ogden, Utah; Nathan Cresswell, >Woods Cross, Utah; and Ray Miller, Salt Lake City, Utah were >successfully rescued from Heaps Canyon on Friday, June 2, 2006. The >hikers apparently entered the wrong canyon when they relied upon >Global Positioning Units to find their location instead of maps. They >then became stranded when the equipment they had was not sufficient >to complete the required rappels. There were no injuries to the >rescued hikers.
    The three hikers obtained a permit for canyoneering in Behunin Canyon >on Wednesday, May 31. They were reported overdue late Wednesday and a >hasty search was conducted without locating the hikers. The following >day a search team traveled the length of Behunin Canyon but did not >locate the three hikers. A Bureau of Land Management helicopter then >joined the search and the search area was expanded to include Heaps >Canyon to the west of Behunin Canyon. One of the hikers was located >in Heaps Canyon and a pack containing food, water, a park radio and a >sleeping bag was lowered to him. Through radio conversations, the >hiker confirmed that he was uninjured and did not require immediate >assistance.
    The remaining two hikers were located farther down Heaps Canyon and >supplies were also lowered to them. With darkness approaching, search >and rescue operations were suspended for the night but resumed on >Friday morning. Through radio conversations, the two hikers indicated >they wanted to complete the canyoneering route. Additional rope and >climbing gear were lowered to them and they successfully completed >their descent into the Upper Emerald Pools area on Friday morning.
    A park ranger reached the remaining hiker and took him to a location >where the helicopter could land. He was then transported by >helicopter to Zion Canyon. None of the hikers required medical >attention.
    Visitors are reminded that hiking, canyoneering, and climbing in the >park can be dangerous and should not be underestimated. Good >planning, proper equipment, and sound judgment are essential for a >safe and successful trip. Hikers should check in with a park ranger >about all backcountry routes, leave a good itinerary and contact >information in case of emergency, and notify family or friends of >their plans and expected completion time. Permits are required for >all overnight climbs or hikes in the park, as well as all technical >canyoneering routes.
    >http://www.nps.gov/zion/pphtml/newsdetail23632.html



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  4. Behunin, Heaps ... I wonder when they figured out it looked all wrong! I hope they didn't enter the 'pothole' section! Bo, where did they finally find them? Considering nobody got hurt, it's kinda funny to imagine what they must have been thinking at the top of the first narrows looking into the belly of the beast. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall for that one. :)

    Neil

    Reed Seamons rseamons@msn.com> wrote: Sounds like a good alternative to hauling the 300 foot rope through the canyon

    >From: "~tanya" >Reply-To: Yahoo Canyons Group
    To: Yahoo Canyons Group
    Subject: [from Canyons Group] SAR in Zion the last 2 days - Behunin and >Heaps >Date: Sat, 03 Jun 2006 00:09:54 -0000
    Bo was on this one the last 2 days...
    Three overdue hikers, canyoneering in the backcountry of Zion >National Park, were located and rescued by park search and rescue >teams. The three hikers, Nolan Porter, Ogden, Utah; Nathan Cresswell, >Woods Cross, Utah; and Ray Miller, Salt Lake City, Utah were >successfully rescued from Heaps Canyon on Friday, June 2, 2006. The >hikers apparently entered the wrong canyon when they relied upon >Global Positioning Units to find their location instead of maps. They >then became stranded when the equipment they had was not sufficient >to complete the required rappels. There were no injuries to the >rescued hikers.
    The three hikers obtained a permit for canyoneering in Behunin Canyon >on Wednesday, May 31. They were reported overdue late Wednesday and a >hasty search was conducted without locating the hikers. The following >day a search team traveled the length of Behunin Canyon but did not >locate the three hikers. A Bureau of Land Management helicopter then >joined the search and the search area was expanded to include Heaps >Canyon to the west of Behunin Canyon. One of the hikers was located >in Heaps Canyon and a pack containing food, water, a park radio and a >sleeping bag was lowered to him. Through radio conversations, the >hiker confirmed that he was uninjured and did not require immediate >assistance.
    The remaining two hikers were located farther down Heaps Canyon and >supplies were also lowered to them. With darkness approaching, search >and rescue operations were suspended for the night but resumed on >Friday morning. Through radio conversations, the two hikers indicated >they wanted to complete the canyoneering route. Additional rope and >climbing gear were lowered to them and they successfully completed >their descent into the Upper Emerald Pools area on Friday morning.
    A park ranger reached the remaining hiker and took him to a location >where the helicopter could land. He was then transported by >helicopter to Zion Canyon. None of the hikers required medical >attention.
    Visitors are reminded that hiking, canyoneering, and climbing in the >park can be dangerous and should not be underestimated. Good >planning, proper equipment, and sound judgment are essential for a >safe and successful trip. Hikers should check in with a park ranger >about all backcountry routes, leave a good itinerary and contact >information in case of emergency, and notify family or friends of >their plans and expected completion time. Permits are required for >all overnight climbs or hikes in the park, as well as all technical >canyoneering routes.
    >http://www.nps.gov/zion/pphtml/newsdetail23632.html



    >When you post, please change the Subject appropriately, to make reading and >searching easier. You can use the following abbreviations: TRIP = Trip >Report; BETA = Canyon Beta; PARTNER = Partner and/or Rides; ETHICS = >Ethics; TECH = Technical Questions and Tips; BIZ = E Group Business; SALE = >Stuff for Sale. Please use a Tilde ~ after the abbreviation, so we know >you are coding for us, such as:
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    To change your delivery options, go to the Canyons Egroup page on yahoo: >http://groups.yahoo.com/group/canyons/
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    When you post, please change the Subject appropriately, to make reading and searching easier. You can use the following abbreviations: TRIP = Trip Report; BETA = Canyon Beta; PARTNER = Partner and/or Rides; ETHICS = Ethics; TECH = Technical Questions and Tips; BIZ = E Group Business; SALE = Stuff for Sale. Please use a Tilde ~ after the abbreviation, so we know you are coding for us, such as:

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  5. adkramoo

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    --- In Yahoo Canyons Group, neil wilkinson <mtngoat59102@...> wrote:
    Behunin, Heaps ... I wonder when they figured out it looked all wrong! I hope they didn't enter the 'pothole' section! Bo, where did they finally find them? Considering nobody got hurt, it's kinda funny to imagine what they must have been thinking at the top of the first narrows looking into the belly of the beast. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall for that one. :)

    Having been through 2 weeks ago, with a minor flow, both the pothole section in the 2nd narrows (which they would have missed) and the one just before the final narrows were full, swim out the bottom affairs. What I wonder is how much water protection did they have? There was a ton of water and it was sub 40 degree water as a rule. They must have been over suited (!) for Behunin to have any chance of surviving the 3rd narrows in Heaps. R
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